Oil Pipeline pumping station in rural Nebraska dot image Shannon Ramos Flickr trance Canada corporation’s Keystone Pipeline leaked at least two hundred ten thousand gallons of oil in an agricultural area of South Dakota Thursday morning according to the company. The leak which amounts to five thousand barrels comes just days before a last-ditch effort to halt the long-planned and highly controversial Keystone X.L. pipeline expansion. The leak was completely isolated within fifteen minutes, but the spill puts it among the worst pipeline related to oil spills in recent memory.
The spill comes at a highly inconvenient time for Trans Canada next week the Nebraska Public Service Commission is set to announce a decision on the ratting of the Keystone X.L. pipeline through the state. This is largely considered to be the last major regulatory hurdle before construction of the expansion which former NASA climate chief James Hansen once called the fuse to the biggest carbon bomb on the planet. The Keystone X.L. extension would serve a similar purpose is phase one of the Keystone Pipeline which home soil south into the United States from Canada’s tar sands.
With the election of Donald Trump, the pipeline project was revived Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau also expressed his support. Yearly carbon emissions for the pipeline have been estimated to be more than one hundred million tons per year. Controversial Keystone X.L. pipeline comes back to life with news of Trump when protesters and activists have fought hard against pipeline extensions in recent years and won two important victories during the Obama presidency.
The administration came out firmly against Keystone X.L. and after months of protests by indigenous people and water protectors in South Dakota blocked the Dakota access pipeline and twenty sixty. Those victories were short-lived as President Trump has noted that he T. H. I N. K. S. It’s a lot safer to have pipelines than to use other forms of transportation for oil.
Yet, it is not clear whether Thursday’s spill will postpone the construction of the Keystone X.L. but it is at least worth noting that an incident like this will do nothing to assuage the fears of anyone who cares about the planet.